* Flowers yellow, two large downturned sepals surround
the true flower.
* Long, flat, swordlike leaves, with parallel veins.
* Height: 1-3'.
* Flowers May - July.
* Habitat: Sunny patches in marshes and next to streams.
* Range: Throughout the United States.
* Introduced as a garden plant from Europe, the yellow iris has escaped
from cultivation and is now widely established.
* "The root of the common Floure-de-luce cleance washed, and stamped
with a few drops of Rose-water, and laid plaisterwise upone the face
of a man or woman, doth in two dayes at the most take away the blacknesse
or blewnesse of any stroke or bruse."
- John Gerard, 1633
* "The fresh roots of the yellow water flag [Yellow Iris] have
been mixed with food of swine bitten by a mad dog, and they escaped
the disease, when others, bitten by the same dog, died raving
- Manasseh Cutler, 1785